Four charged in attempted theft of catalytic convertors

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NAUGATUCK — Police arrested four adults July 31 after they say they were stealing catalytic convertors from vehicles at an auto repair shop on High Street.

Police said officers responded to Sibby’s Automotive, a repair shop that also sells used cars, at about 11:30 p.m. July 31 to investigate suspicious activity. Police said two suspects were caught in the process of removing catalytic convertors, while two other suspects were arrested shortly after they fled the scene.

Bennet A. Winston, 19, of Waterbury, Brittany Lynn Thorne, 30, of Naugatuck, Ricardo Negron, 38, of Wallingford, and David Berroa, 28, of Waterbury, are facing larceny, criminal mischief and other charges in connection with the incident.

There has been a recent increase in catalytic convertors thefts in the area. Police asked the public to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity such as unusual maintenance or work being done on vehicles in public spaces after hours.